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Palace bowl painted with scrolling vines and melons in underglaze blue
C1994.0078
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This bowl of elegant form has gently curved sides, a subtle flare at the rim and a low ring foot. It is painted with three groups of scrolling vines and melons on the exterior, but the interior is kept plain. A six-character mark, "Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi", is written in underglaze blue in two columns of regular script within double circles on the slightly concave base. The art of porcelain making reached a peak of technical perfection and of refinement in the Chenghua period. This bowl belongs to a group of underglaze-blue bowls from the Chenghua period: of extremely fine quality and painted with floral scrolls or figures in a landscape, they are usually referred to as "palace bowls", as they were intended for imperial use.

History of the Object
This bowl belongs to a group of underglaze-blue bowls from the Chenghua period (1465–1487) of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
Diameter (mouth): 15.4 cm Diameter (foot): 5.3 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Jiangxi; Jingdezhen 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 15th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
15th Century; 1465 - 1487; Ming dynasty, mark and period of Chenghua (1465–1487) 
Function
Bowl A kind of tableware 
Acquisition
It was a precious one of the 25 items of Chinese ceramics and over 600 pieces of Chinese seals donated by The K.S. Lo Foundation in 1994 to the Museum in the establishment of The K.S. Lo Gallery, a new wing of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. 
Copyright
Collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Government of the HKSAR All rights reserved 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Government property, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 
Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Art 
Credit line
Collection of the K.S. Lo Foundation, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, a branch of the Hong Kong Museum of Art 

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